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Old 05-01-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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This will be a lengthy write up with a lot of pictures, so patience...


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Marked holes with sharpie, and drilled out with 1/16, then 3/8 for knockout






Made a "special" tool to hold the weld fittings...




After welding, the flux wipes right off with a soaked rag when its still hot, BUT you have to wait till the solder has set, if you dont then the liquid solder will get sucked right into the joint and leave holes, and it messes up the finsih(talking from experience) so basically you just wanna leave it for 3 min or so after your done soldering before you touch it(with a wet rag)





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camlock with barb for HLT coil


Threaded 90 stainless and inside of camlock to redirect circulation water/wort




Inside BK, i need to take pics of my element enclosures yet...


My handy dandy gallon measuring stick...




How its being used...
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Control Panel


Control panel lid about to be made full of holes...


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and about 50 seconds later...






I had some Watlow 93 PIDs sitting around, so I used them, but they dont have an alarm output so i ordered some Auber PIDs yesterday...




im running 40A SSRs at 15.4 amps, so far the smaller heat sinks work. But if ill burn up an SSR im going to move them and install a bigger heat sink.




more...
and yes i know i didnt paint it...yet...im actually waiting for my paint, its gonna take another week or so till it gets here thru sherwin williams, its a hammered bronze, almost like the charcoal but very dark bronze, they were unable to get charcoal hammered, and i really love the hammered look.


heres my panel up and running


GFs dog helping with the wiring...and by helping I mean eating all the wire strippings off the floor...


I cut the bottom out of the panel and made up a stainless plate with all my plug holes in it...

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And of course we need a brew table...so I built one...




adjustable pump mounts...




plate for chiller hoses


bolted to table...






pumps bolted to table...


garden hose plate for chiller plate...


chiller plate(20 plate)






Pump Plugin Plate...




sparge hose...am i cheap or a genius? LOL still trying to figgure that out. Its just a piece of silicone hose which i drilled holes in with a 1/8 drill bit.


Brewing with "alternate" timer, since my timer has not arrived yet...


grain bill posing with system...

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Very nice build. I would like to have the space to do a build like this one day.


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Just some more random pics...


this is going to be my keggerator, got the chalk board painted on there already...im making a plate that will get riveted to the front with 5 holes for taps and a drip tray holder.

My first batch came out with an 80.2% efficiency. I still need to take a lot more pics, such as my element enclosures, inside of HLT and MT...

My control panel is copied of Kal's electric brewery, but at this point its been pretty heavily modified, the alarm switches for HLT and MT will actually be switches to turn elements on and off, because I can run both of them at the same time the way that I designed my system on a 50A circuit.

The hole above the MT will be a green light, hooked to a relay, the relay will activate when the high or low alarm of the MT PID will come on, and turn the green LED off, so ill know im good by just glancing at the control panel.

Once I make a stand or whatever im going get one of those
http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Stack-G...item589c6caa9a
and set it up for Green-Good Yellow-Caution Red-Alarm

Im sure ill change the panel yet, I can just cut another stainless front with the holes on it if I decide to change the cutouts on the front panel, but I haven't decided yet if im going to leave it the way it is, I already know that I probably wouldn't use the alarm light, the buzzer will be on my timer...im just thinking out loud now, so excuse me... :-) technically the system is done except for the paint, but knowing me, ill change things up quiet a bit yet.

The Volts/Amps meter, i used that one because i did not need any transformers or Rectifiers with it, as far as the shunt goes, i just replaced it with a CT.

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You make me very jealous. Can you post pics of the HERMS coil and how you have that plumbed?

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Nice setup!!!

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Christ! As a broke young apt living brewer... all i can say is... i hate you! lol

But seriously, that's an awesome looking set up! Would love to see a video of a full brew with it when you've got her all buttoned up!

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You make me very jealous. Can you post pics of the HERMS coil and how you have that plumbed?


As far as how its plumbed, the wort leaves the MT (with false bottom), goes into pump, from pump it goes into HERMS coil(in HLT), comes out and dumps right back into the MT thru my "sophisticated" sparge tube or did you want a visual?
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